#20 – Rural Independent CRNA Practice with Chuck Frisch, DNP, CRNA, FAAPM, CH

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Today my guest is Chuck Frisch, DNP, CRNA, FAAPM, CH, a CRNA with over 35 years of experience in anesthesia who serves as the director of anesthesia at Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance, Nebraska. He’s here to talk about rural, independent CRNA practice.

Chuck initially studied molecular, cellular & developmental biology in college before switching gears to nursing school in effort to get out of the solitude of research labs. He completed his associates degree in biology in 1978 and a second associates degree in nursing in 1979 at Mesa College, which is now Colorado Mesa University, in Grand Junction, Colorado. In 1985, Chuck completed his bachelor’s in anesthesia at Mount Marty College, which is now Mount Marty University, in order to becoming a CRNA. He then completed a Master’s degree in Health Administration in 1989 with the goal of one day being a chief CRNA. After 15 years of working in an anesthesia care team alongside physician anesthesiologists, chuck moved to Alliance, Nebraska to work in an independent anesthesia practice in 2000. While first a co-director of anesthesia, following the retirement of his partner, he became the director of anesthesia at Box Butte General Hospital in 2002. Chuck returned to school to complete his doctorate of nursing practice degree in 2014 at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah. He has served on numerous state association committees in Nebraska and served as the director of the state association for 1 term. Chuck is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pain Medicine and served on the AANA’s practice committee and help write and verify the first NBCRNA pain management certification exam.

He’s been married for 43 years, has 4 children, two of whom were adopted internationally and his first grandchild is due to be born in June of 2021.

We talk about the unique challenges in working in a small, rural setting including patient screening for elective cases, how CRNAs are utilized throughout the hospital as airway and critical care experts, who your resources are and what kind of mindset you need to succeed in a rural independent practice.

Dr Frisch’s bio at Box Butte General Hospital is here.

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